2008 was the 250th anniversary of the Sambro Island Lighthouse. Families, including cousins of the family, used to live on the island all year round. There were two homes, one of which is barely still standing and the other recently burned down. We believe the building you are seeing in this shot is where the families kept their supplies and storage.
The island is said to be haunted by the ghost of a man. We were quite disappointed to not have felt or seen something eerie while we were there. There is also a spot which looks to be carved out of the rocks on the island called the “Devil’s Footprints” The story goes that the devil walks up out of the water and walks up the rocks to the island. What the devil would want with a lighthouse we have no idea, but that is what we were told. The rock pattern is very odd though and quite something to see.
The lighthouse is now run by solar panels and no human hands are needed. Even the fog horn is run by a machine that detects fog.
Even though we did not see or feel a ghost, the island has a very lonely feel to it, an abandoned and sad spot. We couldn’t imagine being there alone….no, we just could not!
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